When you turn to any licensed healthcare provider for treatment, you have the right to expect safe and competent care. Though instances of mistreatment or negligence are relatively rare, there are still far too many doctors, medical staff members, and other caregivers who make mistakes or act with unintentional or willful negligence. Whether in a medical setting or nursing facility, such lapses are responsible for thousands of preventable deaths and injuries each year in the United States. At The Law Offices of Dan Caplis, PC in Denver, Colorado, our medical negligence, malpractice, and birth injury attorneys are skilled trial lawyers with years of collective experience. We will protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Medical malpractice can take many possible forms. Many cases involve mistakes or momentary lapses in judgment on the part of healthcare professionals; however, this does not excuse injuries that otherwise could have been avoided. Whether medical negligence is intentional or not, those in the healthcare profession must be accountable when they provide care that falls below a reasonable standard. Our Denver, Colorado team of experienced medical negligence and malpractice attorneys has encountered a variety of cases involving physician carelessness.
A great deal of faith and trust is placed in the competency of surgeons. While anesthetized in the operating room, patients are in a very vulnerable state and expect that their safety will be closely monitored at all times. There is never an excuse for mistakes made when patients' health and safety are at stake. Some of the mistakes that the attorneys at The Law Offices of Dan Caplis, PC have encountered and brought to trial include:
In best case scenarios, patients must return to the doctor to have these mistakes corrected. But in more extreme cases, such mistakes can lead to injury and even death. If you have been affected by a surgical mistake, our Denver, Colorado medical negligence lawyers will promote your rights against the healthcare providers responsible for your injury.
There are currently thousands of medications available to treat illness and disease. Doctors and hospital pharmacy staff undergo years of training to be able to properly prescribe and dispense these drugs. Nevertheless, despite all of that training, serious mistakes can still be made, such as prescribing or dispensing the wrong drug, or failing to take into account medical history or allergies when prescribing a medication. The results of such medication errors can range from mild inconvenience to a fatal reaction and wrongful death.
Doctors are not the only people responsible for a patient's health. A hospital’s staff must maintain clean, safe facilities, and the administrators must ensure that their staff members are not overworked or too tired to make appropriate decisions when the situation demands. With hospitals in Denver and throughout Colorado busier than ever, medical negligence and malpractice have become increasingly common threats. Though it is in a hospital's best interest to ensure a safe and professional environment, there will always be those institutions that fall short of the accepted standard.
The first and most important step to treating any disease is to identify it correctly as early in its progression as possible. If a doctor fails to recognize and respond appropriately to symptoms, or does not take due care in arriving at a diagnosis, the true cause of the condition may remain a mystery until the patient has few if any options remaining. One of the most extreme examples of this is cancer misdiagnosis. By the time the cancer is identified, it may have spread beyond the point of successful treatment.
Childbirth has always carried with it the risk of injury to the baby. In some cases, injuries occurring during birth are caused by natural or genetic factors and are unavoidable. Unfortunately, some of the most severe birth injuries are caused by the negligence of doctors and other hospital staff. The firm of The Law Offices of Dan Caplis, PC in Denver, Colorado has birth injury attorneys who will provide experienced representation and fight for compensation.
The decisions made and actions taken during and immediately following childbirth are critical to the survival of the baby. However, this period is also the most chaotic and fraught with nervous energy. These are the moments that can prove disastrous for a baby in the wrong professional hands. Some mistakes that our Denver, Colorado birth injury attorneys have encountered include:
The type and severity of birth injury depends greatly on the doctor's actions and the length of time that the baby experienced trauma. Cerebral palsy and Erb's, or brachial, palsy are two of the most common forms of birth injury caused by medical malpractice.
Though it can occur naturally, cerebral palsy is often caused by the negligent actions of the delivering physician. The condition occurs when the baby's brain fails to get enough oxygen to function correctly. Cerebral palsy varies in severity and may manifest itself with symptoms such as decreased muscle tone, vision or hearing problems, and coordination problems. A cesarean section can often provide a successful delivery, but timing is critical. A doctor failing to recognize the necessity of an emergency cesarean section may be held liable for any injury that occurs as a result of his or her failure to act.
Erb's palsy, also known as brachial palsy, can result when the delivering doctor uses unnecessary force or improper procedures to pull the baby from the birth canal. When this force is applied, damage often occurs to an important bundle of nerves in the shoulder called the brachial plexus. These nerves travel from the spinal cord and through the shoulder and arm to control movement all the way down to the fingers. If these delicate nerves are stretched or strained during delivery, Erb's palsy is the result. Children with this condition experience partial or full paralysis in the arm, hand, and fingers. With proper diagnosis and treatment, many children are able to make a full recovery. However, for others, the situation is permanent.
Cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy are not the only two kinds of birth injury that occur in Colorado hospitals. Other forms of birth injury that are caused by medical malpractice include infections, paralysis, spinal cord damage, bone fractures, and forceps-related injuries.
Nursing home abuse is a form of medical malpractice in which caretakers working at a nursing home either fail to care appropriately for patients or use their position to abuse patients. The Denver, Colorado medical malpractice attorneys at The Law Offices of Dan Caplis, PC can review claims of nursing home abuse and obtain fair compensation for the victims and/or their families.
Neglect often occurs in nursing homes that are overpopulated and understaffed, and may be defined as a failure to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care, but can also encompass a failure to provide a decent level of hygiene or to prevent patient self-injury. Signs of this form of medical negligence may include dehydration, bedsores, lack of personal hygiene, or malnutrition.
Workers in nursing homes may physically assault patients by hitting, slapping, or pushing them. Other forms of physical abuse may include use of restraints as a form of punishment rather than as safety devices. Sexual abuse can be defined as any unwelcome sexual touching, groping, intercourse, or forced nudity for the purposes of degradation or sexual gratification.
The symptoms of physical and sexual abuse vary widely depending on the frequency and type of abuse. In addition to monitoring their elderly loved one for signs of injury such as unexplained cuts, bruises, soreness, or welts, family members should try to pinpoint the cause of any internal injuries and broken bones.
When you entrust your loved one to the care of a nursing home, you expect that he or she will be treated with respect and dignity. However, unscrupulous nursing home workers often find patients to be an easy target for ridicule, insults, and intimidation.
We trust that those who devote their lives to caring for others will perform their chosen duties with competence and a sense of responsibility. When care falls below the accepted standard, patients and their loved ones may have legal recourse. Our Denver, Colorado firm fights for the rights of victims of medical negligence, malpractice, and birth injury with a team of experienced attorneys. Contact the lawyers of The Law Offices of Dan Caplis, PC for an evaluation of your case.
Contact The Law Offices of Dan Caplis, PC in Denver, Colorado for experienced representation by one of our medical negligence lawyers. Our medical malpractice attorneys will speak on your behalf and obtain the compensation you deserve.
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